Wherever we are on the globe, we face fundamental and deep challenges in our common lives. Security, health, education, jobs and welfare and the lack of any or all, impact on us as individuals and communities. Anybody and everybody knows that there are important things that need to change.
Multi award-winning writer of 16 books, novels, short stories and non-fiction, AL Kennedy, twice included in the Granta Best of Young British novelists, is also a dramatist for stage, radio, TV and film and – as if that wasn’t enough – she is also a stand-up comedian.
Barbara will be touring and speaking throughout the UK this July …
You would think from press coverage of the ‘Mediterranean boat people’ crisis that the ‘migrants’ are mostly from sub-Saharan Africa just looking for a better life. But this year and last the biggest single country of origin has not been African at all. It has been Syria. In 2014, according to EU figures, almost a third of those making the hazardous sea crossing to Europe were Syrian.
This year, for the first time, Quakers in Britain will have a space at Greenbelt. As a Quaker, I find Greenbelt to be a welcoming, warm place to be. Last year I saw many Quakers at Greenbelt – listening to music, taking part in panel discussions, playing games in the Jesus Arms.